Within Vajrayāna Buddhism there are two kinds of lineages: "close lineages" and "distant lineages".
Distant lineages refer to a series of teacher-pupil transmissions which extend over many generations sometimes over
hundreds or even thousands of years. Due to the fact that the profundity of a chain of transmissions is only as
deep as it's weakest link distant lineages generally become weaker over time. Close lineages on the other hand are those whose origin lies in
"pure visions" and/or "Termas" (hidden treasures) serve to rejuvenate and revitalize lineages which may have lost their vigor over time.
The Tibetan adept Nyak Jñānakumāra was a direct student of the great tantric master Padmasambhava who is regarded by the
Nyingma Order as the "Buddha of Tantra".
The Nyak lineage shown below is the initial link in a long chain transmitting the following trio of transmissions from their initial
source the great tantric master Padmasambhava down through subsequent generations to all branches of the Nyingma Order today.
- The Sūtra which Gathers All Intentions of Anuyoga Tantra
- The Magical Net of Mahāyoga Tantra
- The Mental Class of Atiyoga Tantra